Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Frank, James (Kinesiology)


Kinesiology, General.



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Falls among the elderly are a common event and can lead to serious injury. Many studies have linked medial-lateral instability with increased fall risk. The current study aims to answer the following questions:Does lunge training with elderly women improve balance control during the lunge?Does lunge training result in better performance during other balance tasks? Nineteen elderly women were assigned to a 6 week lunge training group or a control group. Balance was assessed and lunges were recorded using a motion analysis system at 0,3and6 weeks. Following training, individuals in the exercise group performed lunges with lower forward trunk velocities F(2,34)=4.13,p<0.025, lower forward pelvis velocities F(2,34)=5.26,p<0.01, lower medial-lateral trunk velocities F(2,34)=6.6,p<0.004 and shorter step lengths F(2,34)=4.83,p<0.016 compared to their controlled counterparts. The use of the forward lunge as the sole training tool with elderly women can improve medial-lateral trunk stability during a lunge by decreasing peak medial-lateral trunk velocity in only six weeks.